The centre will develop strategies and technologies for desalination, sustainable treatment and reuse of water with active engagement of researchers and innovators across India and internationally and assist incubation and commercialization of developed technologies and products. IIT Bombay says the centre represents a significant step towards ensuring safe, reliable and sustainable potable water sources for rural and urban India for industrial as well as domestic applications by using innovative membrane technologies.
Prof Swatantra Pratap Singh from IIT Bombay’s Environmental Science and Engineering Department is the Centre of Excellence on Membrane Technologies for Desalination, Brine Management, and Water Recycling's Professor-In-Charge.
The growing population, climate change and increasing water scarcity have pushed the need to find non-conventional sources of freshwater. Many states in India have proposed desalination plants to meet the water demand. The new centre at IIT Bombay will aim to solve the prevalent and emerging desalination challenges with state-of-the-art technology.
India’s five IITs (IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Tirupati and IIT Hyderabad) will work closely with different industries, NGOs and other stakeholders to develop various desalination, brine management and water recycling technologies.